- 1 pound fresh mozzarella (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
- 2 tbsp arugula leaves (washed well and spun dry)
- 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- freshly grounded black pepper to taste
- 2 pounds/ 4 large tomatoes (sliced 1/4 inch thick)
- 1/4 cup packed fresh basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- sea salt to taste
Insalata Caprese (Salad from Capri) is a quick and healthy summertime dish for people who are always on the run. This dish is classic Italian in every way. Even the color of this zesty salad pays homage to its origin country by mimicking the colors of its flag.
Insalata Caprese was first put together at Trattoria da Vincenzo in 1950 as a light lunch for the regulars. And today it is one of the most common lunch time snacks of every house in Italy and even outside Italy.
It is extremely easy to prepare and gives you a good dose of energy and fullness in one go.
Insalata Caprese is an extremely healthy and wholesome meal. The rawness of the vegetables delivers the nutritional benefits even more strongly. Arugula promotes healthy bones, weight loss, eyes health, brain health and better digestion.
Tomatoes on the other hand contain Vitamin C, Vitamin K1 and potassium. These minerals and vitamins controls blood pressure and prevents cardiovascular diseases. Tomatoes too are effective against stomach, lungs and prostate cancer.
Following is the nutritional chart of Insalata Caprese per serving:
Energy 489 cal
Protein 27 g
Carbohydrates 12 g
Fat 38 g
Saturated Fat 17 g
Sodium 825 mg
Cholesterol 90 mg
How to Make Zesty Insalata Caprese
The scientific name for common tomato is ycopersicum, which literally means wolf peach.